I knew the weekend would start out awesome, when Jessica and I boarded our flight to the LBC, and as we were about to take off, my seat neighbor had a sneeze fit. I could tell Mr Sniffle needed a tissue. But was hesitant to offer.
A few more sneezes, and the seatbelt sign still lit, I could tell, he was desperate.
So, I reluctantly offered him a tissue.
The only thing is, it wasn't just any tissue.
It was one from a pack of Snoop Dogg tissues.
Yes, you read that right.
In fact, it had the words "Fo Sniffle" printed on it.
(A gift from Betsy.)
I do not lie.
The amazingly amazing Erin Burns picked Jessica and I up in Snoop's hometown, the LBC and took us back to Casa de Burns where our Hunger Games began.
And by Hunger Games, I mean, NOT GOING HUNGRY AT ALL.
SusieCakes and little Sofias awaited.
In the morning, we did a little Real Housewives of Orange County stalking (unsuccessfully), and then headed off to breakfast at the Beachcomber in Crystal Cove.
A little gem off the beaten path, with a whole lot of history, and beach front property full of old timey bungalows and a fantastic retro feel.
What Erin failed to mention was getting there was going to be an adventure.
I had NOT packed my Northface.
Or hiking boots.
And we may have gotten lost at one point.
I offered to pull up google maps on the iPhone.
That's the kinda ish bloggers say.
Walking through this tunnel was cute, and you know, the kind of thing that makes you want to run out and buy pepper spray, and also, slippery.
Water was streaming through, and at the very end, a 6 foot wide, 6 inch deep puddle that required conquering, via one very unstable rock.
We celebrated survival.
Erin showed us some more Orange County sights, and we grabbed a quick lunch with Julie and her ridiculously dreamy eyed little boy.
A quick regrouping in the afternoon, outfit changes, and freshening up, and it was time to let the games begin!
|OC Parking Lot Sky Party|
Erin had coordinated a cute gift exchange - each of us assigned a district (Hello from District 2: Mining) - and we were to bring a gift to dinner.
My gift to the games, I kinda wanted to steal and keep for myself...and got from here!
I ended up with goodies from District 4 - Fishing - I know right? But Amy was super creative - I got an amazing coconut candle (to cover up stinky fish), and a few other fishy treats!
After dinner, while in line, Alissa and I chowed on some Sprinkles cupcakes.
Black and White is my standard go-to.
All others are impostors.
|Photo Cred: Alissa|
You know, watch a movie.
|Photo Cred: Erin|
L to R: Erin's Mama Susan, Me, Julie D, Drew, Julie C, Amy
Alissa, Erin, Jessica
Fastest two hours and twenty two minutes, EVER.
I wish there was so much more.
But I can't complain.
My favorite part? When the tributes enter the capitol on the chariots, and Katniss and Peeta are on fire.
I had been DYING to see that realized on the big screen.
And it was as spectacular as I had imagined it.
My favorite scene for sure.
Kinda reminded me of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
Not a coincidence that it was my fav.
Also, Hunger Games Weekend is NOT good for my geriatric habits, and a nearly 2am bedtime was the norm.
The next morning, we woke up, and guess what, ate some more.
First, cookies in bed.
After burning those off by cruising the PCH (in a car) and walking onto the beach, watching a surf competition, and then walking back to the car (see that, super athletic), we dropped off the kids and headed to lunch at the Cannery.
And by had lunch, I mean, had lunch AND dessert.
I mean, bruleed bananas?
We had to.
Erin got us back to the LBC in the nick of time.
Not my comfortable 2 hour before the flight window, but after an amazing weekend I was blissfully unaware of how close we were cutting it, until we pulled into LGB and we had 30 minutes til our flight left, and still needed to check bags.
But we made it.
LGB was chaotic, but tiny.
Also, JetBlue's New York Jets plane was in town.
I thought we were taking it, but sadly it was Sacramento bound.
A hop skip and a jump later, we landed safely in rainy San Francisco, with full bellies and full hearts.
|Home, sweet home.|
A big huge, giant, thank you to Burnsie, for allowing two crazies from NorCal to show up at your home and tag along for a weekend of eating our way through the OC.
I think that this is one of the best perks of blogging - when blog friends, become IRL friends, and crazy adventures are had.